The existence and increasing popularity of seven- and eight-string guitars has always been a source of consternation for many guitarists of the more traditional sort. All too many times during my own tenure at GP have I seen social media comments on new seven- and eight-string guitars to the effect of "Where will it end?" or "At what point does it become a piano?"
Well, dear reader, if you count yourself among those traditionalists, I've got some bad news.
ESP has teamed up with Japanese "cute metal" act Babymetal to unveil the new E-II MF-9 Babymetal nine-string guitar.
The nine-string beast features a 27.99-inch scale with an alder body, hard maple thin-U shape three-piece neck and a 24 extra-jumbo fret pau ferro fingerboard with Luminlay dot inlays.
A Hipshot fixed bridge, Gotoh tuners, a single EMG 909 humbucker with a volume knob and a Babymetal emblazoned hard case all come standard as well.
The guitar comes in a Black Satin finish with black binding on the body and neck and the Babymetal logo stamped on the back of the headstock.
The ESP E-II MF-9 Babymetal guitar is available now through October 31, 2020 for 320,000 yen (around $2,945.)
For more info on the ultra-metal guitar, point your browser over to espguitars.co.jp.